Originally Posted by marlenedegrood
I think this is a bad move on Apples part. This will give a false sense to potential buyers that all the reviews are honest when in fact it is a small price to pay for a developer to pay some "friends" to buy the app and write false positive reviews. This is a win for dishonest developer and a very poor decision by Apple.
I entirely agree. This policy won't change anything regarding fake reviews.
But this means another slap in the face for indie developers.
Getting attention for a newly published game without having a million-dollar-advertising budget was hard enough already on the App Store.
Being an indie developer myself, I would consider Apple's latest move as a death sentence for many indie games in the future.
Well, there are other mobile platforms out there ...
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